United Way of Chattanooga

Santa Parade on Nov. 8
October 28th, 2014 6:41 PM

Benefits United Way of Greater Chattanooga

As a festive kick-off to the 2014 holiday season, Hamilton Place will once again host the 16th Annual Santa Arrival Parade on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 11am.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. in the Sears parking lot and will circle the mall, ending near the Food Court entrance where children can escort Santa to his holiday home for photo opportunities.


Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Last year, thousands of parents and their children lined the parade route, and parade judges will be stationed outside at Bar Louie (the best vantage point from which to watch the parade). 

Parade float registrations are being accepted through Saturday, November 1. The registration fee is only $25 per category, per float or participating organization. You may register for more than one category at $25 each. Registration is free to schools. Floats and groups are not considered officially registered until registration fee has been paid. 

Learn more about creating parade floats here: http://www.valleydecorating.com/howto.html 

Parade entries can win in one of the following categories:

  • Best Marching Group
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Outstanding Commercial Entry
  • Community Spirit Award
  • Best Performance by Dance/Cheer Group
  • Best of Parade

Call Hamilton Place Mall at 423-855-5282 for more information. To register a float or group for the parade, visit the United Way website at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/parade. You can also pay your registration fee by phone with a credit card by calling 423-752-0325

The registration fee benefits the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Project Ready for School. This program enables children through the Chattanooga area to receive free Imagination Library books, free learning checkups for preschool children, and more. United Way works with people and organizations to assure that children start school ready for educational success and have the learning supports they need throughout their school years to graduate.

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Glenn leads Red Zone half-time program
October 28th, 2014 6:41 PM

Approximately 180 people joined United Way of Greater Chattanooga in the Silver Ballroom at the Read House today to learn how the community campaign stands at mid-game and how they can take it beyond “The Red Zone” to its ultimate goal. Tom Glenn, 2014 Chairman of the Board for United Way, announced a campaign half-time total of $8.2 million dollars, $1 million ahead of the pace set at this time last year, making this an even more crucial point in the campaign.

“In football speak, United Way’s campaign is in the red zone, the place on the field where we’re getting close to crossing the goal line,” said Mr. Glenn. “But we still have a lot of work to do, and we will score only if our team – our community – continues to persevere and pull together.  We rely on all players to do their part – companies, individuals, and volunteers.”

Mr. Glenn noted that while several large campaigns are running at various companies and organizations across the region, these campaigns will not finish until November and late December. He added that part of the campaign total consists of endowment income, income from miscellaneous items and events like the Frank McDonald Memorial Golf Tournament, earned income, sponsorships, and grants. 

Before leaving the stage, Mr. Glenn hammered home the campaign’s importance, “It’s crucial that United Way achieves its fundraising goal again this year, because like football teams, there are people and neighborhoods counting on us.  Raising $12 million means we’re able to make progress on the important goals that make our community stronger – more children are ready for school; more youth are on track for success; more families recover from hardships that destabilize their lives; more people get the critical assistance they need. When these goals are accomplished, everyone wins!”

After Mr. Glenn’s introduction, the campaign report was taken over by the halftime pep team of James Howard and Kim Carson from Sunny 92.3 FM, who introduced the campaign unit chairs and their reports.

23 campaign reports -- on behalf of 21 Campaign Units -- were presented to the audience from the following: Labor, Healthcare, Financial, Retail, Foundations, Individual and Leadership Giving, Tocqueville, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Accountants, Real Estate and Construction, Technology, Media, Marion County, North Georgia, Nonprofits, Education, Public Sector (City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and Combined Federal Campaign), Manufacturing and Insurance. These campaign units represent the different business and regional sectors within the community.

At the end of the reporting session, Mr. Glenn then showed that today’s reported total rose to $8.2 million on the Red Zone presentation, which is 68 percent of the $12 million goal.  Before ending the program, he added, “I also want to thank the companies and individuals that have helped us reach this point – they’ve done a great job!  With the momentum that we’ve generated thus far through the hard work and generosity of our donors and volunteers, I’m confident that we’ll continue to grind it out in the trenches and rack up another big win for our community once again this year.”

It’s not too late to contribute or conduct a campaign in your company. Call United Way for more information at 423-752-0300.

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Stuff the Bus @ City Hall on Oct. 27
October 26th, 2014 10:29 AM

Mayor Andy Berke has organized a city-wide school supply drive at City Hall on Monday, October 27.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a school bus will be parked outside of the City Hall Building - those who want to donate school supplies simply drive by and drop off their bags of supplies. 

This is the last public event in United Way's 4-month-long Stuff the Bus school supply drive for the Hamilton County PTA's Teacher supply Depot. 

The PTA held their first shopping day for teachers this month on Saturday, October 4. More than 300 Hamilton County Department of Education public school teachers came by the Depot to "shop" for school supplies at no charge.

PTA officials noted that they were able to increase the amount of supplies each teacher could take this year, thanks to the success of United Way's drive. 

Many organizations have held drives for United Way's Stuff the Bus: Walgreens, Publix, Hamilton County Government; Benchmark Physical Therapy, Chattem, Volkswagen, St. Paul's Episcopal, Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Propex, Creekside At Shallowford Assisted Living, Walmart, and others. Many individuals have also collected supplies for the drive, including Barbara Oxenhandler and Wyeth Payne, a third grader who asked for Stuff the Bus donations for her birthday instead of gifts. 

City of Chattanooga Government and its departments have now joined this list, and city employees will also take this opportunity to donate school supplies to Stuff the Bus. 

If you cannot come by City Hall, donations are still being accepted at United Way's Offices located at 630 Market Street in Downtown Chattanooga. 

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